Three Rivers College - Tinnin Fine Arts Center

Tinnin Fine Arts Center

Since the Nelson B.-Brent B. Tinnin Fine Arts Center was built in 1997, it has enhanced the lives of tens of thousands of people through offerings of performing and visual arts and the humanities.

The Nelson B.-Brent B. Tinnin Center was named after the husband and son, respectively, of major contributor Lora Tinnin. The Fine Arts Center houses a concert-quality, 500-seat theater, an art gallery, studio spaces, and classrooms.

The Tinnin Center theater has hosted a wide variety of performances, including national touring productions of ballet and modern dance, plays and musicals, acrobats, and musical performers from opera tenors to bluegrass pickers. Since 2002, these performances have been made possible by the Patrons of the Arts Society, a philanthropic organization that raises money to bring to our region a variety of cultural opportunities.

In addition to national touring productions, the theater also hosts performances of Center Stage, a college/community theater group, and the college Music Department's choir and band groups.

The Tinnin Center Art Gallery displays monthly exhibits of regional artists, as well as the works of Three Rivers students. The Tinnin Center also houses classrooms, studios, and faculty offices for the English, music, art, language, and public speaking departments.

The Tinnin Center is a vital part of the College's community outreach efforts. Each year, the Three Rivers Music Department hosts workshops for hundreds of area junior high and high school band and choir students. The Patrons of the Arts sponsors performances for area school children. The theater provides a venue for community-sponsored conferences, lectures, political debates, and performances.

Season Brochure

For a list of shows coming to the Tinnin Center, click here for a pdf of the 2019-20 season.


The Tinnin Fine Arts Center is located on the Three Rivers College campus in Poplar Bluff. Click on the map below to see where the building is located and to get personalized directions.